03 May 2007

Several with Spoilers

I have read several books this past week. Here they are in the order that i liked them.

Artemis Fowl: The Lost Colony by Eoin Colfer. 5th in the series for kids. I really liked this one the best of them all. Artemis started as an incredibly unlikable kid and over the course of his adventures and by growing up 2 years he has become a great character and also a very good person. This one was constant action. Artemis and crew are trying to stop time and space disintegration which will cause an island full of demons (who aren't exactly hellish) to appear on Earth. It does have a great setup at the end for the next novel.

I also liked Kushiel's Chosen by Jacqueline Carey. The first book in the series was good (i finished that one about 2 weeks ago) and i just got the third today from amazon. This one was a little quieter than the first with less sex. I do like the religion system in the novels. It has loose connections to Christianity but much is more liberal and has multiple gods. The Joscelin character still isn't developed much more so i would like to see more of him in the next one.

I finished a memoir too! I Have Heard You Calling in the Night by Thomas Healy. A rough alcoholic adopts a Doberman puppy and the book follows the changes he goes through over the course of many years.

Read The Ruins by Scott Smith. Very not bad but not great. Horror, splattery slick horror. i loved the sense of spiraling downward through the story but i would have liked a little concrete why and what as to the bad guy at the end. Four American college students plus a couple international friends they pick up in Cancun head into the Mayan jungle looking for an archaeological dig. after being specifically warned off in English and with various threatening actions by locals they keep on trekking and end up on a hill covered with carnivorous, thinking, plotting plants. So everybody gets offed one by one because the locals are all stationed around the hill and won't let anyone leave. But i don't get some of it. The locals have figured out how to keep the plant from spreading throughout the jungle but can't kill it? If they want to keep people from the hill why don't they cover the trail with plants and let it grow over.

so that's it for now.

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